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Dalai Lama's real birth day

July 8, 2010

By Lodi Gyari
Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Washington Post
June 5, 2010

On July 6, Tibetans, friends and admirers of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama will be celebrating his
75th birthday. Even Tibetans inside Tibet, in
spite of tremendous restrictions will celebrate
this day will in one way or another mark the
occasion, which for some is a considerable risk.

While birthdays are important social events for
the concerned individual in the Western society,
to Tibetans there is no such tradition. In fact,
it is only until recently that Tibetans have
started marking their individual birthdays.
Traditionally, the Tibetan New Year is observed
as our collective birthday with people changing their age on that day.

Whether it is New Year or birthday, I have seen
His Holiness say that the important thing is how
meaningful you make that day rather than the day
itself. To him, every day is a new day. Also, as
a Buddhist His Holiness considers the
impermanence of life and the need for preparing
for that eventual day when one passes away from
this world. In a sense people need to look
forward to, and prepare for, their "death day" more so than their birthday.

Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari is Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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